I’ve been a Web Developer since 1998 and I must admit that I’ve been slow to embrace “Web 2.0” in all instances. I’ve pushed information out to the Web via TrailDamage.com over the last decade, and I’ve been posting information about site updates to Twitter at @traildamage for a few years, too. Other than keeping my LinkedIn profile and resume site up to date, that was it. Then I decided to change careers and I realized I needed to come out of hiding.
I needed to show the world that I was in love with the Web 2.0 technology, but I just didn’t get it. I tried using Twitter via @monicaisraels off and on, but I couldn’t figure out anything I could possibly say that would be worth saying. I decided to confront the issue head on and I found my way to many other sites. Here are my impressions:
- Foursquare: it’s been fun using it on my BlackBerry Z10 to keep up with friends, but it doesn’t really have a good Web presence. I don’t think I need everyone knowing where I’ve been as it doesn’t matter much to anyone but my local friends.
- Google+: I keep getting sucked in and I don’t want to be part of it, but it seems impossible to avoid. I refuse to get on Facebook so maybe Google+ is where I’m supposed to be. Google sure thinks so.
- IMDb: I’ve been rating movies for many years, largely because I forget what I’ve seen. I’m bordering on 1,000 movies and TV shows, so I’ve been busy.
- Foodspotting: I’ve been posting up pictures of everything I eat for a little while now, and it’s getting out of hand. Everyone is doing it, and it seems like every time a server sets down a plate there are three cell phones and a point-and-shoot above it a second later. It’s kind of fun to post what I’m eating, but it’s really fun to see what others are eating. People in Europe and across the seas eat food that always looks better than mine.
- Tumblr: I’m really getting into this site. You can follow people who are posting about things that interest you, and it piles everything into one stream. I’m going to be posting images from my trips around Colorado and other areas in the southwest, so hopefully I get some followers.
- Flickr: this site is a great place to upload batches and batches of pictures for friends and family to view and comment on. I’m sure you can use it to reach others if you have a theme and purpose, but I think I’ll just use it for personal sharing. Most of my travel pictures go on TrailDamage.com, so Flickr will be good for housing everything else.
- YouTube: I’m using Flickr for personal movies and pictures to share with friends, so YouTube will be a way to share videos with the public. So far, I’m mostly reposting TrailDamage.com videos.
- StumbleUpon: I really like the idea of this site, but I’m not sure how much I’ll use it. You set up interests and the site gives you the “best of the Web” for those topics at the moment. It’s like a more efficient way to surf the Internet, and it’s definitely a time waster if you allow it. I’m already eyebrow deep in RSS feeds so this site is a bit redundant for me, but I really like its approach.
I’ve looked at a few other interactive sites but they haven’t caught my attention as much. I’m sure the list will keep on growing. These sites coupled with resume sites should really help with networking and getting my name out there. Either that or they’ll just waste a ton of time.